Mayor John Dickert signed a proclamation this week designating March 1-7 as Welsh Heritage Week, as the members of the St. David’s Society of Racine & Vicinity announced plans for their annual St. David’s Day Celebration on March 7.
This year promises to be an especially festive occasion, as Dafydd Wigley, right -- a descendant of Racine’s D.P. Wigley and a prominent Welsh politician -- has accepted an invitation to speak. He was a leader of the Welsh HPlaid Cymru party, and is now Pro-Chancellor of the University of Wales.
The mayor’s proclamation acknowledges the major roles people of Welsh descent played in the city’s 175-year history, including David Paynter Wigley from Rhos Goch, Wales, who established the D.P. Wigley Company in 1895, and Mayors T. Gleason Morris (1939-1943) and N. Owen Davies (1987-1995).
The St. David’s Day Celebration will take place at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 40 Ohio St. The event, which will include the society’s 121st annual meeting, a Gymanfa Ganu (Welsh hymn sing) and performances by the 2010 St. David’s Society music scholarship winners, will also feature family heritage tables prepared by society members.
The church will celebrate its Welsh heritage during the 8 and 10 a.m. worship services and St. David’s Society members will serve kringle and punch to worshipers after the service in the church’s Gathering Space. The annual meeting will begin at 11:30 a.m. No reservations or cost is required for these activities.
The reception will begin at approximately 12:45 p.m., with guests encouraged to mingle and enjoy the hors d’oeurves prepared by the Red Onion. Reservations are due by Feb. 28 to Sue Evans, (262) 633-7819. The cost is $10 per person for adults, $5 each for children 3-11 and free for children up to age 3. For more information about the event, including participating in the family heritage tables, contact Dick Myers at (414) 228-7466.
In addition, Mark and Chris Flynn, owners of D.P. Wigley, 234 Wisconsin Ave., will host a Welsh House Party after the celebration at the church. Those wishing to attend are asked to call (262) 633-8239.